Based in the UK, Benjamin Hiorns is a technology writer with a broad interest including data centers, high performance computing and the evolution of AI. He is also an accomplished musician, producer and songwriter. You can follow him at @HiornsBenjamin
Whilst it could be argued that the recent remake of The Lion King represents a bold new digital dawn for Disney, the ‘house of mouse’ (which is currently worth around $130 billion) is something of a fast follower brand when it comes to tech.
Monopolies can be dangerous. Without competitors, innovation stalls and the monopoly holder effectively controls the market, leading to economic stagnation for everyone but the company shareholders.
Like a b-plot from a particularly bad Bond movie, the Huawei security scandal has been a bit of a slow burner, with the roots of the saga reaching right back to January 2019 at CES, when AT&T announced themselves as the first major partner to ditch the Chinese technology giant. The next month, the director of the FBI warned against buying their phones and by May, Huawei and ZTE phones (ZTE being another company with potential ties to the Chinese government) were banned on US military bases. In the ensuing months, established partnerships began dropping like flies.